On the Market: A Lava Rock Time Capsule in Rollingwood
text and photos by Lynne Rostochil
For years I’ve driven by this lava rock gem in the Rollingwood addition near Meridian and NW 63rd and have marveled at its mid-century perfection, but I had no idea just how great it was until I stumbled upon an estate sale there over the weekend and inadvertently got to tour this true time capsule. The 1,544 sf, one-owner home is so gloriously original — just have a look for yourself and see. The lava rock-bordered courtyard does a surprisingly good job of blocking the noise and traffic along NW 63rd from the house. How many lazy hours could you spend lounging and cooking out in this space? Me — lots and lots.
The entrance is off the courtyard…
…where the diamond pattern from the concrete pads in the courtyard is mimicked on the front door:
Inside is one huge wow after another, including a terrazzo tile entry bordered by this fantastic wood screen:
A brick planter with three hanging lights delineate the formal living room from the entry and hallway:
The screen protectively encloses the ample dining room and compact kitchen:
Speaking of the kitchen, every appliance is original, and those avocado green counter tops look like they’re in incredible condition:
Leave the dining area and you’ll run into the light-filled den (thanks to the sliders that take up half a wall). The lava rock from outside continues in this vaulted room as decoration for the fireplace/built-in bookcase:
Down the hall toward the other end of the house are three bedrooms and two baths:
This bedroom even has a door leading out to the front courtyard:
Throughout my time in the house, I kept expecting to hear street noise from NW 63rd, but I never heard one passing car or one honk or anything, so this must be a pretty solidly built house. So, if you like what you see … and who wouldn’t! … this amazing time capsule house could be yours for a modest $115,000. Send me a message on our Facebook page, and I’ll put you and the seller in touch: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OkieModSquad/
The Rollingwood neighborhood has a lot of modest mods, and I’ll be profile more of them for you in the next few days.